Nonviolence 101 – Becoming a People of the “Third Way” (Part 1)

The following is part of a fairly long series on the theology and practice of nonviolence.  If you would like to read all of the posts, you can do so here. ————————————– Throughout my life, I have been part of a unique culture.  This is a group of people who can point to several common [Read More...]

Quote To Ponder: Menno Simons (on community)

Here is the founder of my faith tradition, radical reformer Menno Simons.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this quote which gives a great summary of the Anabatist way: “We do not teach and practice community of goods but we teach and testify the Word of the Lord, that all true believers in [Read More...]

Interviewing God

I have been thinking about something lately and I want to invite your feedback.  This going to be a short post as I am hoping to hear your opinions.  For the sake of continuity and discussion, if you are willing – please post your responses here on the blog if you are a FB user.  [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 5): Why I am an Anabaptist

The final value that we will explore for the church and her leaders is that of being an Anabaptist.  This is the stream from which my faith-tradition flows, and it includes several key elements.  Although the word or idea of “Anabaptism” is not found in the Bible, it is a unique approach to the Scriptures [Read More...]

Lydia the Snail Farmer (Guest Post, Alan Molineaux)

Here is a guest post from web friend, Al Molineaux.  Connect with him on Twitter. _______________________________________________________ Mark Driscoll recently made a statement indicating that men should not be stay-at-home dads. He went on to inform his listeners that if anyone did to choose such a lifestyle they would face church discipline. Although the comments were [Read More...]

The Subtle Idolatry (Guest Post: Ray Hollenbech)

Once there was a man who was very good at his chosen profession. Although he was young everyone recognized that he was a rising star within his organization. One day he took a business trip. Before he arrived at his destination he unexpectedly encountered his arch-enemy along the road, and that enemy left him on [Read More...]

Dear Reader… Thinking Out Loud about Biblical Inspiration

Dear Reader… Today I want to do some thinking “out loud” about this question: What is so important about inerrancy? It seems to me that people want to hold on so tightly to this word, but that such a term is not helpful because it is often used dogmatically.  But before I get to that [Read More...]

Lost World of Genesis One – A visual introduction (Video Resource)

This week I had the opportunity to present the main ideas of John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: ancient cosmology and the origins debate to my Old Testament Theology classmates.  I had a wonderful time talking about Genesis 1 and evolution issues and thought I’d share some of the slides with you.  I [Read More...]

Extending the Table – New Testament Theology by Jon Isaak (An Interview with the Author)

I am excited about this new book by personal friend and professor, Jon Isaak.  He is an EXCELLENT teacher of the Scriptures and interacts with the most current scholarship.  I encourage you to give this interview a read and consider purchasing the book!  – Kurt 1) What is your background academically? My formal academic training [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 4): Inclusive

A fourth value of biblical leadership within the church is that of being inclusive.  To summarize: “There are no prerequisites to grace and love.”  This value goes hand in hand with all of the others and could have very easily been a sub-category of missional or community, but in my opinion this is one that [Read More...]

The Problem: Cars That Break Down (an analogy for narrative theology)

Out of all the bad luck that I have been dealt in my life, the worst is evidenced in the mechanical malfunction of cars.  Its as though they break down to mock me.  Maybe you have had similar experiences.  For the sake of analogy, lets assume that a brand new car is designed in such [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 3): Creativity (I get a bit charismatic here)

The third value that I want to explore that is relevant both to the church and to her leaders is creativity.  To summarize this value we could say: “Spirituality unleashes the prophetic imagination.”  The more connected the church and her leaders are to God, the more that imaginative possibilities can prophetically be revealed to our [Read More...]

Rob Bell's First Sermon Ever

I am greatly indebted to Rob Bell.  Many people think he is ‘bad’ or a heretic, but I say show me this so-called heresy from a credible source and maybe… just maybe I will listen.  Because when I hear Rob I hear an Anabaptist.  So, if choosing to not be Reformed by preaching from an [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 2): Community

The second value that is important to both the local church and to her leaders is community.  This is another word that has multiple meanings for various groups, so I want to offer the following summary: “Authentic relationships guided by love can change the world.” The values of community and missional fit together perfectly.  It [Read More...]

Values for the Church & Her Leaders (part 1): Missional

The bible is full of helpful character traits that could easily be confused with core values for leadership.  Being kind, compassionate, wise, or a servant; are all examples of these.  Rather than looking at various characteristics of a leadership in the bible, I want to suggest that a Christian leader is invited to derive her [Read More...]

11:11 for 2011 Book Giveaway Contest Results!

I want to thank all of you who participated in this contest.  It really helped me to continue to get the word out about this blog and the conversations I love being a part of on Facebook!  What a blessing it is to be a facilitator of Christ-centered dialogue!  Also, I believe that God is [Read More...]

End Times Board Game and Unbiblical Madness

(thanks to Michael Morrell for showing me this via FB *Also note that “madness” is not to suggest the insanity of the good folks who hold to the view being critiqued, but to the “madness” of playing a board game ) I am personally saddened that this is a real commercial by wonderful Christian folks [Read More...]

What is the Core Message of the New Testament?

This past semester I was in a Biblical Theology class at Fresno Pacific University’s Biblical Seminary.  We were challenged to write out what we believe to be the central message of the New Testament and to refine it throughout the semester, while keeping it under 100 words.  If you read this blog regularly, you know [Read More...]

11:11 for 2011 (Easy Book Giveaway Contest!)

11:11… this has been a haunting number in my life for the past 5 years.  Most of my college friends can attest to this.  It is a number that I see on the clock at the oddest moments.  For instance, I have seen it on my phone three times in a row, completely without intention [Read More...]


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